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"25" Anniversary Pale Doppelbock - Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

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"25" Anniversary Pale Doppelbock"25" Anniversary Pale Doppelbock

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97 Ratings
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Ratings: 97
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 11.59%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 09-27-2012)
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Photo of bumchilly25
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

bumchilly25, Mar 20, 2013
Photo of mattparsons
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

mattparsons, Mar 14, 2013
Photo of JeffSuttonTX
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

JeffSuttonTX, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of browniewithnuts
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

browniewithnuts, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of jlindros
3.89/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Time for a nice doppelbock, haven't had one in a while.

Pours a big creamy 2 finger head that sticks around for quite some time, never seeming to want to fade, nice lacing notching the glass when it eventually goes down, tons of bubbles floating around, some up but some just seem to dance around the inside of the clear auburn pale tan colored beer.

Nose brings plenty of caramel malts at first, lots of toffee, a little nutty like, toasty reddish copper malts, little grainy and toasty, with a light fruity lager like base somewhere in there. Light grassy hops come through, grassy and slightly herbal leafy like hops.

Taste comes with chewy malts, plenty of toffee and caramel again, even nutty as well, with a faint hint of darker malts under that even. Chewy bready slight grainy malts in there, with lots of toasty reddish copper malts, It has some light wheat characters, but more like caramelized wheat characters, fluffy and grassy. Then hops, a decent bitterness but not overly, light grassy a little earthy herbal hop character, faint esters and hint of booze, as well as light fruity lager characters, touch of apple pear like fruity flavors. Finish gets quite bitter as it attempts to dry, never really drying as it sticks to the mouth, earthy spicy chewy and grassy leafy hops mostly, with more nutty toffee and caramel coppery malts lingering too, bit syrupy.

Mouth is med to fuller bodied, little syrupy, a bit of warming booze, tons of fluffy carbonation, maybe too much.

Overall not bad, nice copper malts, plenty of toffee caramel flavors which are nice, even nice lager flavors, the hops start decent but get a little too bitter overall for what i would expect for a doppelbock, and the thick syrupy feel starts OK but gets a bit too syrupy and too much carbonation at the same time. Overall still a nice beer, and booze goes down smoothly.

jlindros, Feb 27, 2013
Photo of johnnnniee
2.78/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear deep golden orange color with a decent off white head that persists for a bit. Smells of sweet honey like pilsner malt with a twinge of spicy hops and a bit of syrupy orange and a solid shot of ethanol. The flavor follows the aroma with lots of bready sweet malt and plenty of ethanol burn. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet almost syrupy mouthfeel. I'm not sure how you can consider this a dopplebock with no caramelized sugars or dark fruits in the mix. I continue to be unimpressed with full sail, this one reminds me of a malt liquor and should be poured out of a forty.

johnnnniee, Feb 20, 2013
Photo of MadeInOregon
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

MadeInOregon, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of asafarc2
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

asafarc2, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of liamt07
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle shared by Sammy, 650ml into a tulip.

Copper brown, beige head with light retention. Sugary malts on the nose, brown sugar,spicy and citrus zest evoking hops. Taste has some sweetish bready malt, herbal and bitter hopping, some citrus, charred/toasted grains. Sweeter medium feel, no alcohol. A pretty well hopped imperial amber lager (or at least that's what I'm calling it).

liamt07, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of pknyc
4/5  rDev +7.8%

pknyc, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of Billolick
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle, a bargain at under $5 from Cable Bev. in Bardonia, NY

Pours almond amber, hazed, under a medium tan head, that stays at the 1/4 inch level. Collar develops, along with a blotchy film and then leaves low sheeting and respectable lacing.

Malty nose with some clementine flourishes.

Sweet and malty, then some fruit and finally a dry and moderatly hopped up finish.

Nice heady brew at 9%

Cheers!

Billolick, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of Sammy
3.86/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

What is a pale doppleback? This is a pale winterwarmer? Bottle from Champane's Cellars. A good bitterness and spicy. Good maltiness, toffee, and some malt liquor aftertaste. Wasn't the style but nice and good drinkability. Nice bubbly head. Worth a try.

Sammy, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of wonothesane42
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

wonothesane42, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of Kips
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Kips, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of Zkman87
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Zkman87, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of ccrida
4.48/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a nonic, Full Sail's Pale Doppelbock is bronze with a light tan head and light lace.

Smell is snappy herbal hops, some minerality to it, nice brightness.

Taste is solid. I like the chalkiness, echoed from the nose, as well as the hops, in-line with the traditional style, but cranked up a notch in OR style. Smooth, the ABV is dangerously well hidden. The sweetness is nil. Dig it!

Mouthfeel is perhaps a *touch* thick, but, given the style and strength, I'd say it's in the "guidelines". Dry and slippery. Love this chalky note.

Drinkability is high, I'm really liking this beer, one of the best I've ever had from Full Sail. Well done, a fitting salute to their 25th anniversary. Nostrovia!

ccrida, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of zeff80
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on X-Mas Eve.

A - Poured out a clear copper color with ruby highlights. It had a one-finger, off-white head of foam that left minimal lacing.

S - It smelled of caramel and toffee. Some floral notes and booziness.

T - It tasted of sweet caramel, toffee and some roasted malt. A slight bitter bite with some mild spiciness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied lager with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a really good brew and a great idea for a style for an anniversary beer.

zeff80, Jan 04, 2013
Photo of vkv822
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz : tulip

Clear, burnt-orange/copper red color with a sudsy off white head.

Pale and caramel malt notes, with spicy hop notes.

Taste follows the nose, with a crisp, crackery and caramel malt base followed by peppery, grassy hop notes.

Medium body, smooth, low carbonation.

A pleasant beer, flavor profile was a bit mild overall.

vkv822, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of philbertk
3.1/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

70 IBU's. 22 oz. Bottle purchased for$6.99 + Tax at Ballard, Seattle Fred Meyer. Fizzy mild lace quarter inch off white head. Clear bright rich amber color. Mildly floral caramel malt mild Saaz hop front. Medium bodied rich caramel malt mid fruit ester rich smooth lager body. Subtle sweetness and hint of peppery hop resin. No sediment, but somewhat odd fruity mildly bitter mild EtOH heat end. Rich odd brew. Not a Full Sail Classic. (2.75 / 5.0).

philbertk, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of jtierney89
4.65/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is an awesome doppelbock. Clear brassy hue with off white head. Very hop forward. Earthy woody hops through, big body with just enough carbonation. Nice solid malt foundation for the hops to rest on over your tongue. Lagered perfectly with no Fruity eaters. So clean with a snappy dry finish. And for the price? 4.99 awesome

One of the most bitter doppelbocks I've ever head

jtierney89, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of MadScientist
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: This is a light copper lager with excellent clarity. The head is creamy,light tan and about a half a finger high.

S: Moderate noble hops having an earth and spice aroma with a moderate malt aroma. There is a nice toasty aroma from the malts otherwise a clean lagering without any esters or phenols. The alcohol is light and flowery.

T: Some malt sweetness with a moderately-strong malt flavor having some toast and light melanoidins. The hops bring a moderate bitterness and just let the malt dominate giving a balance that is slightly towards the malt. There is a light, earthy noble hops flavor. Even though this is a malt driven beer the sweetness is restrained and the finish is off-dry. There is a malty and toast aftertaste.

M: A medium-full bodied beer with moderate carbonation. The beer has a moderate creaminess that works well with the malt. The alcohol give some warming.

O: An outstanding beer that is malt driven with a good amount hops bitterness.

MadScientist, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of valkyre65
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

valkyre65, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of beergoot
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A decent amber-orange body with a one-finger head (white and creamy on top, fizzy and bubbly down below). Citrus-like aroma, lemon-orange like with a subtle spice background. Very malty taste with a strong alcohol component quickly overtaking things. Medium body, slightly fizzy, dry finish.

A nice try at a distinctive doppelbock, but a bit too much alcohol presence pounding the senses overall and taking away from a nice malt flavor. I saw another reviewer mentioned dropping the ABV down to about 7% to improve the overall brew: sounds reasonable to me. That, and smooth out the carbonation a bit and this would have been a more desirable beer. A bit of a disappointment, but still fair enough to give it a shot.

beergoot, Dec 14, 2012
Photo of Greywulfken
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: medium-to-deep amber body, slight finger of tan head; some lace motes. Never had a "pale" doppelbock before, but this is certainly a paler color than the typical doppelbock.

S: sweet, fruity, chewy malt aromas and hoppier hints of pines and citrus

T: the malt flavors were close to some American Strong Ales I've had (like Stone's Bastard series) merged with American IPA hop flavors (take any DIPA for example), whereas the admittedly few Doppelbocks I've had (Kuhnhenn's Heathen, Sam Adams' Imperial series Double Bock, and Samichlaus) presented a different flavor and feel. Crisp hops and hearty malts.

M: closer to American strong ales and DIPAs - hoppier, more bitter; medium weight, more carbonation than other dopplebocks (based on my experience). Chewy maltiness. Not slick like a Samichlaus (for example).

O: I'd wager that this is a "take" on the style rather than a representative of the style, and perhaps purists will not get what they're looking for in this beer? That said, I thought it a very satisfying drink - and not-for-nothing, at $5 for a bomber, a great value.

Greywulfken, Dec 11, 2012
Photo of Gavage
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a dark orange amber color with a 2" head that falls to a nice surface foam that lasts. Moderate lace develops on the glass.

Smell: malt, bread, and caramel comes through to the nose.

Taste: big bready presence here. Caramel and some malt sweetness dominate. Some fruit sweetness and a mild bitterness arrives late. Alcohol is noticeable and provides some warming.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Light crispness to start, smooth and velvety at the finish. Aftertaste is long lasting as the sweetness sticks to the tongue.

Overall: I think this beer was pretty good for a pale doppelbock, as the malt, caramel, and overall sweetness dominated as expected. Very enjoyable.

Gavage, Dec 07, 2012
"25" Anniversary Pale Doppelbock from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
84 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.